The Camera Man

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The Camera Man was a camera seller in Chicago, USA known only by a few "minicams" for 127 film. One known address was 14 West Lake Street. Its bakelite Silver King model was uniquely styled, with a top housing that almost resembles crashing surf. The more angular Champion and President models were available by 1946[1] and are also seen under different "manufacturer" names, such as Lee Industries, Drexel Camera Co. (Minnesota), and General Products. The Chicago camera industry was notorious for confusing brand re-namings of this kind.



  1. Max Levinger ad for Champion minicam in Popular Photography magazine April 1946 (Vol. 18, No. 4) page 174.

Companies of Chicago (Illinois)
Adams & Westlake | Central Camera Co. | American Advertising and Research Co. | Bernard | Burke & James | Busch | Calumet | Candid | Chicago Aerial | Chicago Camera Co. | Chicago Ferrotype Company | Deardorff | De Vry | Drucker | Galter | Geiss | Herold | Imperial | Kemper | Lennor Engineering Co. | Metropolitan Industries | Monarch | Montgomery Ward | Pho-Tak | QRS Company | Rolls | Sans & Streiffe | Sears | Seymour | Spartus | The Camera Man | United States Camera Co. | Western Camera Manufacturing Co. | Yale | Zar | Zenith
Chicago in depth: The Chicago Cluster‎, a bakelite trust?
See The Chicago Cluster for more probably-related cameras and "companies"